Thinking and Acting from Spirit

My thoughts and beliefs on who we are and where we came from seem to be ever-evolving.  At the moment part of that answer for me is that we are not “in” the Universe, we are the Universe.  The atoms that make up me and you, trees and rocks, this chair I’m sitting on and the air we breathe, all were forged in the heart of the stars millions and millions of years ago. We, as humans, are simply and wonderfully the way the Universe becomes conscious of itself.  But we are not separate from the Universe, just as we are not separate from one another, or the trees and rocks, or anything else.  There is a connection between all things, a source from which all things come.  This is what I think…today.  Tomorrow may be another story. 🙂

Having an understanding that there is a common source and connection can mean a lot of things for how we live our lives.  One thing that has been serving me lately comes from Dr. Wayne Dyer’s book “The Shift.”  He writes:

“If our true essence is Spirit, and we believe that is where we come from, it seems to me a simple task to reconnect to this authentic part of ourselves.  One way to do this is to shift our thoughts and actions to the ways in which we imagine creative energy thinks and acts when its energy materializes in form.  We need to be more like Spirit appears to be.  Since this is what we came from, our Divinity is our destiny, regardless of how we’ve neglected it over the years.  God or the great Tao, which we are all a part of, simply waits patiently for us to be like it is.  I imagine that the all-creating Spirit, if indeed it had any wants for us, would want us to realize that.”

We all can easily get caught up in our physical existence and our identity as a separate self, the ego, but this is the most limited part of ourselves. What might it be like if we all ceased thinking and acting from our limited selves and tapped into our Spirit, the Universe, Source, God, the Tao, or the Creative  Energy more often?  What if we asked ourselves in any given moment how would Spirit think and act in this situation?

When I, Jessica, tell myself I’m not good enough to accomplish my goals, what if I stopped and checked in with what Spirit would say about my abilities and worth?

When I, Jessica, catch myself judging someone for how they look, drive, or behave, what if I instead invited my Spirit response to that person?

When I, Jessica, am struggling with a decision, what if I looked to Spirit for guidance and answers?

The best part of this we don’t have to go far to check in with Spirit.  It’s always there within each of us.  It is ever-present, unchanging, and always loving.  It doesn’t care when we make mistakes or how long or how often we have forgotten about it.  Instead it waits patiently for us to realize our true nature and begin to claim our destiny, our Divinity.

How might your life be different if you were to think and act from Spirit more often?

Peace,

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How Can I Serve?

We all have those moments.  One minute you’re going with the flow of the Universe and then the next moment, Wham!, you’re not.

I’m in the middle of one of those moments now.

The last few weeks have been pretty wonderful.  I’ve been feeling great, choosing mostly creative thoughts, manifesting success for myself in my business, and achieving my goals.

And then this morning, Wham!  While walking my dog Molly, another dog got loose from his house and ran a block to us, picked up Molly by the neck, and would not let go.  Molly and I were both terrified.  I screamed and screamed at the dog and eventually pried his jaws off of her, and I got bit in the process as well, and at some point I fell hard to the ground.  The whole event lasted just seconds, but it felt like an eternity.

Molly and I are both okay.  She was checked out at the doggie ER and just has some abrasions on her neck.  I’ve got sore arm and elbow and some scraped fingers.  We are both tired and a bit shaken, and will probably be pretty sore tomorrow.

The whole day has been a bit of an emotional roller coaster.  From the terrifying events on the walk, to the fear of the injuries to Molly, to worry about my own health, to anger at the other dog’s owners, mixed with sympathy for them and the struggles I know they are having in their life right now, to guilt about the thought of having their dog taken away.

Three of my biggest values seem to be at odds in this one situation.  I love my dog so deeply and would do anything to protect her.  I have a strong connection to animals and never want to see them needlessly suffer.  I care about my fellow human beings and do not want to add to their struggles.

With this seeming opposition in mind I can feel the swirl of melancholy in my body, the mind’s attempts to get me to “check-out” and return to thinking this is all hard work, and the ego’s pull to drag be back out of the flow of the Universe.

I can feel it deeply, but I’m also watching it from afar as my true self and not buying what the ego would like me to believe.  Yes, I’m allowing my feelings and trying to understand what the core issue is for me here, but that doesn’t mean that I’ll allow my ego to use this situation to take control of my thoughts, my choices, and my life again.

Today I remembered a quote I heard from Wayne Dyer recently, one I’ve been using a lot the last few weeks.  He said the ego’s mantra is “What’s in it for me?” and the true self’s mantra is “How can I serve?”  This in a way seemed a silly question to ask while driving my dog to the ER, and at the same time was perfect the perfect question.  I can serve Molly by caring for her the best I can and by utilizing persons trained to help her in these kinds of situations.  I can serve my neighbor and her family, including her dog, by talking with them and not being afraid of asking for what I need.  And I can serve myself by being gentle and allowing myself to grieve this morning’s events, and by remembering that I’m still in the flow of the Universe.  I can still create what I want to create.  I can create a situation where all involved come out at a higher vibration than where we started this morning.

Peace,

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Can? vs. How Can?

If you haven’t listened to On Being with Krista Tippett before, I highly recommend that you do.  It is a brilliant podcast that consistently delivers intriguing guests and interesting topics of conversation.

A recent interview was with Ellen Langer, a social psychologist, author, and professor at Harvard University.  Langer is also known as the “Mother of Mindfulness.”  Check out her interview to learn more about her and her decades of research on mindfulness.

As a former student and forever lover of semantics, her discussion in this interview of “Can?” versus “How can?” caught my attention.  Langer says that in life when we ask ourselves “can” we do something, we are only appealing to the past and what we’ve been able to do or not do previously.  However, if we instead ask “how can” we do something, we are appealing to our potential.

For example if I ask myself in this moment, “Can I run a mile in under 8 minutes?” the answer is no.  If I instead ask, “How can I run a mile in under 8 minutes?” now I get to look at all the ways I can make that a reality.  I can run every day until I get under 8 minutes.  I can hire a trainer.  I can buy better shoes.  I can choose to run in ideal weather.  I can enlist the support of a running partner.  The list of possibilities is endless when we ask the right question.

If I’m suffering from a broken heart, it’s easy for me to say I’ll never heal from it.  I could ask the question, “Can I heal from this heartache?” and the possible answers are “yes” and “no.”  However, if I ask “How can I heal from this heartache?” the question first implies that yes I can heal, and then opens the door to countless possibilities of how that healing can become a reality.

Other questions we may ask ourselves are:

  • Can I find a job I love? vs. How can I find a job I love?
  • Can I have financial stability? vs. How can I have financial stability?
  • Can I be healthy? vs. How can I create health in my life?
  • Can I find purpose/meaning in this life? vs. How can I find my purpose/meaning in this life?
  • Can I have a connection to God/Source/the Universe? vs. How can I have a connection to God/Source/the Universe?
  • Can I achieve my goals/dreams? vs. How can I achieve my goals/dreams?
Try out these questions in your own mind and create others that have meaning in your current experiences.  See if you feel a difference when you ask yourself “Can?” and when you ask “How can?”.  See how changing the question can open up the possibilities.

I’d love to hear what other kinds of questions you come up with, and how you experience the difference between “Can?” and “How Can?”.  Please share your thoughts and comments by clicking “Leave on Comment” on the left.

Peace,

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Welcome to Jessica’s Journal!

Hello!  And welcome to my journal.  As you can imagine, this is not a typical journal of me conversing with myself about the day and my thoughts and feelings about it.

The purpose of this journal is to invite you into conversation with me.

Every day through conversations, readings, radio programs, my own musings, and the like, I encounter interesting ideas, comments, and stories that I find can help expand the mind, release limitations, and open up a whole new world of possibility.  I invite you to read what I have shared and then add your own thoughts, whether you share my perspective, wish to add to it, or have a different one.  Also, if you find interesting readings or programs that you think I might be interested in, please feel free to send them along.

The vision is that through our conversation we can inspire each other and expand our minds together.